Chinese Global Propaganda

Inside China's audacious global propaganda campaign

Chinese Propaganda

 “Their objectives were loud and clear, to push a distinctly Chinese agenda.” 

The Guardian

December 7th 2018

Censorship

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S. Dispute With China

 China’s regulators have trumpeted its concept of “cyber-sovereignty” since the inaugural conference in 2014. But the dichotomy between the American and Chinese tech industries has never attracted as much scrutiny as today, when the world’s two richest countries are butting heads in a conflict that may shape a new world order. As U.S. icons like Google and Facebook come under fire for privacy violations and enabling hate speech, their Chinese counterparts are touting theirs as the superior model: one geared toward the interests of the state. 

Bloomberg

November 8th 2018

CHINA'S 5 STEPS FOR RECRUITING SPIES

 The recruitment follows a well-known five-step espionage road map: Spotting, assessing, developing, recruiting, and, finally, what professionals call “handling.” 

Wired

October 31st 2018


Movie Star’s Disappearance Puts Perils of China Showbiz in Spotlight

Fan Bingbing
Communist Party
Chinese studios
Hollywood

Up until a few months ago, the future looked bright for Fan Bingbing. As one of China’s biggest movie stars.


Then in June, she became embroiled in a scandal about movie stars under-reporting their earnings, resulting in Chinese tax authorities investigating the industry -- including Fan -- for possible evasion. The 36-year-old actress, who has 63 million followers on the Twitter-like Weibo, has since vanished from public view-- no more social media updates, no more paparazzi photos and no more public appearances.  


"Social media and public opinion, as you know, are important drivers of policies in this area, particularly when it comes to perceived inequalities, the super-rich, and cheating,” said Rosen. Still, he predicts the government won’t deepen its crackdown in a way that harms the industry longer term. 


Bloomberg

September 11th 2018


Liu Xiaobo

      It is a year to the  day since Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel-peace-prize winner and one of China’s most   famous campaigners for democracy, died of liver cancer while serving an   11-year sentence for subversion. His wife, Liu Xia, will mourn him in Berlin.   Three days ago she was finally allowed to leave China, having spent the past   eight years detained at home without charge. Some think China freed her to   please Germany, whose government has followed her case and whose support   China wants in its trade spat with America. Even so, it will do nothing to   convince Western countries that China is easing up in its treatment of   dissidents. Ms Liu’s release came a day after the anniversary of what is   known in China as the “709” crackdown of 2015, during which hundreds of   civil-rights lawyers and other activists were rounded up. Many remain in   custody.


Economist

July 13th 2018

John Oliver, Having Mocked Chinese Censorship, Is Censored in China

 

In a 20-minute segment about China that aired Sunday on the satirical news show “Last Week Tonight,” the host John Oliver brought up President Xi Jinping’s resemblance to Winnie the Pooh.


That, among other delicate references, seems to have touched a nerve in China, where the British comedian has now been censored on a major social media platform — just as the cartoon bear had been.


“Apparently, Xi Jinping is very sensitive about his perceived resemblance to Winnie the Pooh,” Mr. Oliver said on the show. “And I’m not even sure it’s that strong a resemblance, to be honest. But the fact he’s annoyed about it means people will never stop bringing it up.”

Apparently so.


The New York Times

June 21st 2018

How China is building its own Hollywood

Chinese Hollywood

 

One of President Xi Jinping’s most powerful tools for increasing China’s global influence is Hollywood.

  • The bottom line: The Chinese
  •  market for U.S. films is massive and growing — and Hollywood studios are willing to play by the Communist Party’s censorship rules to access that market.
  • Now China is using Hollywood tactics to take its market for itself.
  • It's the top international box office for the U.S.: Hollywood makes $5.9 billion more from China than Japan, the second-largest international box office.

The result:

  • Hollywood studios will even create and alter content to appeal to Chinese consumers and avoid censorship by the Communist Party.

 The takeover:

  • Chinese firms have long been investors in Hollywood studios.
  • Now China is upping investment in producing its own Chinese movies.
  • The recent Chinese blockbuster "Wolf Warrior 2," a patriotic movie (made with Hollywood help) about a Chinese soldier rescuing Chinese nationals from conflict in Africa, broke records by bringing in $780 million.

Axios

June 15th 2018

#EastHollywood #Eaho

The Epoch Times

 “China is the biggest prison in the world for both professional and non-professional journalists,” said Margaux Ewen, North America Executive Director of Reporters Without Borders, during the presentation launching the organization’s 2018 index in Washington D.C.  

More than 50 Chinese journalists and bloggers are currently detained in conditions that pose a threat to their lives, the index says, as evidenced by the fact that two imprisoned bloggers died last year due to untreated cancer while in detention 

China Remains World’s Biggest Prison For Journalists

April 25th 2018

The Great Firewall of China

 China’s online population of 731 million gets a highly restricted internet, one that doesn’t include access to Google, Facebook, YouTube or the New York Times. There’s little coverage of the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square. Even Winnie the Pooh got temporarily banned. China is able to control such a vast ocean of content through the largest system of censorship in the world, aptly known as the Great Firewall of China. 

Bloomberg

(It's very unlikely that this article can be viewed within China)

November 30th 2017

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Freedom House - Freedom on the Net 2017

China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the third year in a row according to the new @FreedomHouse report. #netfreedom2017 


China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom in Freedom on the Net for the third consecutive year. New regulations increased pressure on companies to verify users’ identities and restrict banned content and services. Meanwhile, users themselves were punished for sharing sensitive news and commentary, with prison terms ranging from five days to eleven years.


The government tightened online controls in advance of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in October 2017, at which President Xi Jinping, the party’s general secretary, cemented his leadership for the next five years. “Cyberspace sovereignty” has been a top policy goal under Xi, and related legal changes were incorporated into a cybersecurity law adopted in November 2016. The legislation, most of which took effect in June 2017, continued a trend of escalating requirements on internet companies to register their users’ real names, among other provisions. The law also obliges foreign companies to store Chinese user data in mainland China.


The drive to codify what were previously ad hoc censorship and surveillance strategies persisted during the coverage period, with new regulations to license digital tools like VPNs that are used to circumvent website blocking by the centralized censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall. Other new restrictions targeted citizen journalism, and several sought to prevent websites from republishing “unverified” news from social media. According to regulations issued in May 2017, sites that are not licensed cannot provide any online news and information services.


These rules are taking their toll on civil society. A number of notable domestic websites were closed down during the past year, including Gongshi Wang, a website that sought common ground among different ideological camps regarding democracy and good governance, and Zhongmu Wang, a website serving the Hui Muslim community. At least three website operators in the civil society sector were arrested, including Huang Qi, founder of the human rights website 64 Tianwang, who was detained in December 2016 and later charged with providing state secrets to foreigners.


Dissidents and members of ethnic or religious minority groups received the heaviest penalties for online speech, but ordinary internet users also felt the impact of the increasingly repressive regime. Multiple administrative detentions were used to punish individuals whose posts challenged local or national officials, even in closed messaging groups.


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